Saturday Snapshot – Labyrinth (June 6)

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Last week I took the opportunity to visit the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Sudbury, as I wanted to check out the labyrinth there before we move later this month. It was worth the visit and I’m sorry I didn’t take the opportunity sooner, as it is a quiet and peaceful place. Here are a few of the snapshots I took:

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Inspirational Quotes (April 14)

TTT3WTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.

This week’s topic is: ‘Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books (anything that inspires you, challenges you, makes you think, encourages you, etc.)’ I’m not always the best at remembering quotes from things I’ve read unless I write them down right away, but I’m sure I’ll manage to come up with ten that have inspired me over the years.

1. “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” (J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit)

2. “Herein lies the most solemn challenge facing Christians who want to communicate their faith: if we do not live in a way that draws others to the faith rather than repels them, none of our words will matter.” (Philip Yancey in Vanishing Grace: Whatever Happened to the Good News?)

3. “Questions are not scary. What is scary is when people don’t have any. What is tragic is faith that has no room for them.” (Rob Bell in Velvet Elvis)

4. “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.'” (C.S. Lewis in The Great Divorce)

5. “If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956)

6. “What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore it knows it’s not fooling a soul.” (Neil Gaiman in American Gods)

7. “Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back. You’re done. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you want to have lunch with the person. If you keep hitting back, you stay trapped in the nightmare…” (Anne Lamott in Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith)

8. “A spiritual life without prayer is like the gospel without Christ.” (Henri Nouwen in Reaching Out)

9. “No matter how hard you try to be what you once were, you can only be what you are here and now.” (Ray Bradbury in Dandelion Wine)

10. “Stop trying to impress people with your clothes and impress them with your life.” (Richard J. Foster in Celebration of Discipline)

Lent 2015 – Day 35

IMG_2450Today we enter Holy Week, the last week of Lent leading up to Easter. The above two books will be my companions on the rest of the journey. The one on the left, The Last Eyewitness: The Final Week, is one I read most years now in the week leading up to Easter. It’s a retelling of the last week of Jesus’ life on earth, taken mainly from John’s gospel, but with excerpts from other books added, along with some commentary. I find it quite helpful and it is one worth checking out if you are looking for something a little different. The other is The Little Book of Lent, which Pamela and I have been reading each day for the past few weeks. It has also been very helpful.

I’m hoping to make a start on writing mt Stations of the Cross tomorrow and I’ll hopefully have that done before the end of the week.

Coffee is almost a distant memory now, but I am looking forward to having a cup when I get up on Sunday morning. One thing for sure, I won’t be going back to anywhere near the 6 plus cups of coffee per day that I usually drink. I am feeling good for not drinking so much and I’ve been told I’m less irritable, so I’ll probably have no more than two cups a day from now on (after this week, that is).

Praying the Daily Office is still a bit of a hit or miss for me, but I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I just need a little more focus, along with some consistency.

I’ll post another update after the weekend, but I’m glad I’ve managed to make it this far in good shape.